I have a small group of mom friends that I box with. Our trainer never expected us to last this long, but we just passed the 1.5 year mark in June and we are signed up for three times a week starting in September. We all have different motivations for sticking with it — fitness, weight loss, and sparring — but we all agree that it’s the ONLY exercise we’ve stuck with since having kids. It’s different because it’s a skill with endless things to learn so it never gets boring.
My mom friend Lydia and I like to spar. It’s our way of applying what learn to test ourselves to make sure we keep improving. We’re even toying with the idea of competing … we’ll see; we want to work on our defensive skills first!
Our issue is that we have a false sense of confidence; our trainer won’t hit us because it’s not an even match up. We’ve tried different approaches to get him to step it up: goading (he did not take the bait), polite request (“please turn it up by 20%”), reason (“how are we going to get better if you don’t throw more punches?), and progress reports. Finally, we struck a bargain. We would wear mouth guards and head-gear and he would throw more punches at us.
The mouth guard gets some getting used to, especially for me since I have a gag reflex. My trainer instructed me to cut off 1/4 inch off the ends and that helped a little. But what really helps keep my boxing gear from getting really disgusting is:
- airing out the head-gear after every use
- adding a tablespoon of baking soda in the gloves once a month to remove odor (shake well to remove as it can feel grainy)
- washing the hand wraps once a week (monthly was not working!)
- cleaning the mouth guard instead of just rising it off
I don’t always remember to clean my mouth guard when I get home so the Fresh Guard™ wipes are really handy. You simply wipe down your appliance (removable braces, mouth guard, night guard — we have them all at my house!), and VOILÁ, fresh and clean! I already use Efferdent for my night guard so it was an easy leap to Fresh Guard™ since it’s by the makers of Efferdent.
The wipes give a fresh spearmint flavor to my otherwise nasty mouth guard!
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p.s. You can judge for yourself if my trainer is going too easy on me.
p.p.s. Here’s Lydia doing a boxing drill called Around the World. She’s the mom going first. Some of the other moms in my group are in the video too.
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